Review: Spicy BLT Whopper from Burger King
The last two products I reviewed from Burger King were pretty awful (see YUMBO and 4-Cheese Whopper). I’ve been waiting for BK to introduce something new so things can possibly even out some. The Spicy BLT Whopper was just released and it just needs to score a 5 to be the best BK product I’ve had in the last few months. Let’s review.
Burger King describes their new Spicy BLT Whopper like this:
A 1/4 lb of savory flame-grilled beef, melted American cheese, spicy bacon sauce, crispy lettuce, juicy tomatoes, sliced onion, crunchy pickles and smoked bacon served on a warm toasted sesame seed bun.
There have been dozens of Whopper styles throughout the years… too many to name, but we’ve reviewed some LTO Whoppers like the Whiplash and the Wisconsin White Cheddar. None have really stood out to me and it probably comes from the issues with the core ingredients. Why come up with a bunch of different combinations of the Whopper when you should be focusing on improving the quality and presentation of the original?
My major issue with Burger King is feeling as though I can pretty much review the majority of their new products without even trying them. Some of their issues are very consistent in my experience. I’ve come to expect a lukewarm burger with partially melted processed American cheese, a terrible smattering of pale, soggy lettuce, and the nubby ends of the tomato slices. Was I right? Not entirely as there were actually two nice slices of fresh tomato. When writing reviews, I try to handicap Burger King’s inability to give me warm food by doing my best to actually go into the restaurant and eat there instead of using the drive-thru. Even when doing this I get lukewarm burgers, but not on this day. My burger was hot and pretty presentable to be honest. Considering that this burger is called the Spicy BLT Whopper, I was looking for some heat and strong qualities from the bacon, lettuce, and tomato… go figure. There was enough bacon to cover the toasty sesame seed bun space of the Whopper, yet it’s mostly paper-thin, pathetic and dried out from being overcooked. I felt the spiciness from the bacon sauce was just right. Burger King should have come up with a different name for the sauce because “spicy bacon sauce” doesn’t have any appeal to me and I would likely avoid it if not for the assignment. As it turned out the spicy bacon sauce was a tasty bright spot, creamy and peppery, not too infused with fake bacon flavor.
The raw onion rings and four pickle slices had an alright crunch factor, but I just don’t consider those ingredients very welcome when you call yourself a BLT. The burger is a quarter pound of beef and a whole lot of everything else and for $4.99, I would have liked a beefier burger and maybe lose the onion and pickles for a better value. I find it very difficult paying premium burger prices at a fast food place doesn’t have the same quality as Wendy’s or even McDonald’s.
In closing, the Spicy BLT Whopper can be called a minor success since I consider borderline average to be a success at Burger King. The bacon needs some work, but that spicy bacon sauce was better than I expected. This was a definite step up from the last two BK products I reviewed.
Pros: Flavorful heat from the poorly named spicy bacon sauce. I didn't get the nubby tomato ends for once. A well put-together big burger at BK is like spotting a unicorn.
Cons: Dry, thin bacon. Lettuce. Onions and pickles on something called BLT wasn't necessary. Big sandwich, but only a 1/4 pound of beef so $4.99 was hard to swallow.
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.75/10
Overall GrubGrade: 6.25/10
More Info: http://www.bk.com/menu-item/spicy-blt-whopper
Calories - 750
Total Fat - 46 grams
Saturated Fat - 17 grams
Carbs - 48 grams
Sodium - 1480 milligrams
Cholesterol - 100 milligrams
Sugar - 8 grams
Protein - 29 grams